Could you think outside the box to get a job?
Have you been on a job interview lately? A growing number of employers in New Jersey and across the nation are mixing in zany, oddball questions with the regular ones during interviews.
By asking the often unusual questions, employers are hoping to get a sense of how job candidates think outside the box, and react to questions they're not expecting.
Here are the top 10 "oddball" interview questions for 2015, according to the employment company Glassdoor:
- What would you do if you were the one survivor in a plane crash?
- What's your favorite '90s jam?
- If you woke up and had 2,000 unread emails and could only answer 300 of them, how would you choose which ones to answer?
- Who would win in a fight between Spiderman and Batman?
- If you had a machine that produced $100 dollars for life, what would you be willing to pay for it today?
- What did you have for breakfast?
- Describe the color yellow to somebody who's blind.
- If you were asked to unload a 747 full of jellybeans, what would you do?
- How many people flew out of Chicago last year?
- What's your favorite Disney Princess?
While Glassdoor says the questions are designed to measure everything from a job candidate's sensitivity to their ability to think quickly and be resourceful, many New Jerseyans think these questions are downright ridiculous.
"How do you pick Batman or Spiderman," asked Muriel Mitchel Lawrence of Ewing, "I don't know either of them, but I'd pay a million dollars for a machine that produced $100 bills."
Mark from Lambertville said he thought Batman could handle Spiderman, because he's got more experience, but was quick to add that "this is nonsense. I mean Spiderman and Batman, who cares? Maybe it does have some merit, I don't know but to me it's ridiculous."
Lori from Trenton thought these kinds of questions might have value.
"I'd like to say Spiderman would win because he could use his web to do all these crazy tricks and stuff and Batman is just kinda like stuck there," she said. "But as for the questions, I would like to say it shows how the applicant thinks out of the box and has creative strategies and answers, but I don't know...it might just be they want to be a pain."
Another shopper in Mercer County said, "I think it shows your ability to think on your feet and see what you can come up when you're not expecting it so maybe that's helpful."
Jill from Hamilton said the questions didn't seem like appropriate interview questions.
"Those are ridiculous questions, I don't really think those are interview questions really," she said. "I can't imagine being, applying for a professional position and being asked Batman or Spiderman, which one I would prefer."
Allison Kell, also from Hamilton, picked Batman over Spiderman, "because he seems tougher, his Batmobile is cooler, or maybe I think it's the black costume, but I think the questions are crazy. I've dealt with interviewing people and I don't feel if I was to ask these questions I could get a better understanding of who they were. Maybe you could ask them personality questions but not these crazy questions, they don't really seem to make sense to me."